The Boken recently made a trip back to their old stomping grounds of Bergen County to meet up with some friends for dinner at Rosa Mexicana in the River Side Square Mall. Located on Route 4 in Hackensack, only 25 minutes from Hoboken, this mall offers top notch shopping and boasts some big time restaurants which includes McCormick & Schmick’s, Rosa Mexicana, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Cheese Cake Factory, Houston’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Thai Chef and Morton’s Steak House.
We got to Hackensack 45 minutes early and took a walk around the mall, working up an appetite for our dinner. Then we headed to Rosa for some Mexican food that was as good as we remembered.
Rosa Mexicano serves real Mexican food, not Tex-Mex or Cal-Tex. So don’t be surprised if you need to take a few more minutes with the menu than usual. We always start our meal with the guacamole. Having been to different locations plenty of times in NYC, and now in Jersey, we can proudly state that they make the best guacamole. They make it at your table in a big stone pestle with avocados, jalapeñoes, tomatoes, onions and other good things. We order it medium.
Also to round out our appetizers we order Queso Fundido (which we’ve so appropriately nicknamed skillet of death), which is melted chihuahua cheese with crumbled chorizo sausage, cilantro,and rajas (slow cooked Mexican peppers). It’s heaven in a skillet.
After munching on these apps, chips and tortillas, and downing a couple margaritas, there’s barely enough room left in our stomach for a heavy Mexican entree. That’s why we split my favorite – the Budín de Pollo or Chicken Tortilla Pie. It’s baked soft corn tortillas filled with pulled chicken, Chihuahua cheese and roasted Mexican peppers, served with poblano cream sauce.
Whether at one of the various NYC locations, or outside the Hoboken Square for a suburban retreat, we highly recommend checking out Rosa Mexicano.